Snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites

“Snowshoe into the remote and stunningly beautiful locations that trekkers and vehicles just can't reach, with panoramic views across the Dolomites - Italy's most dramatic mountain range - at every turn.”

Highlights

Five guided snowshoe treks | Fanes-Senne National Park | Walking around the shore of Lago di Braies | Following old military trails | Summiting viewpoints | 4* hotel with wellness centre | Snowshoeing around the base of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo | Learn about the region's WW1 history

Description of Snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites

The beauty of snowshoeing is that it takes you deep into snow-clad landscapes not accessible to drivers or trekkers. On this snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites you’ll explore the shore of Lago di Braies and the Fanes-Senne National Park, following old WW1 tracks and forest trails and learning about the region’s military history along the way. The Dolomites are Italy’s most dramatic mountain range, with vertical limestone walls, sheer cliffs and jagged peaks soaring to over 3,000m. Its most stunning vista is the Tre Cime di Lavaredo – and this itinerary takes you along routes beneath these three jagged peaks.

You’ll be taught how to walk in your snowshoes, and start out on some of the gentler trails as you get the hang of it. This holiday includes five guided snowshoe walks – up to impressive viewpoints, little chapels and perhaps the Austrian border if conditions allow. There is also a free day for you to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or explore the local village.

Your base throughout this snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites is the 4* Hotel Adler in the charming village of Villabassa, tucked in the Pusteria Valley. This superb hotel has a wellness centre and Michelin-recommended cuisine to ensure you are well looked after in between each day’s snowy expedition.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

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Responsible tourism: Snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
Accommodation for the week is Hotel Adler- a locally run hotel in Villabassa. The whole region has a renewable energy policy and this is reflected by the hotel’s own commitment to using 100% clean energy. Hot water is provided with central heating supplemented by solar energy, whilst electricity is hydro-powered. In order to save water, clients are given the option to re-use their towels and linen. Nearly all waste which leaves the hotel is recycled and produce coming in is locally sourced wherever possible. Seasonal vegetables and salads are often sourced in the gardens at the hotel, whilst fresh meats, fish and cheeses are provided by local businesses and farmers. The kitchen serves a mixture of continental and regional cuisine, which may include specialties like Speckknoedel (bacon dumplings).

Activity:
As a snowshoeing holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit. Adverse effects like pollution and threatening wildlife do not come into play and although erosion on popular paths can be an issue, guides can advise pre-planned routes to avoid this. Travelling by foot also allows for flexibility and for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. By operating consciously with a ‘leave no trace’ policy, we are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with people for financial gain.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Craft and Culture:
Although this trip takes us to some very altitudinous and remote locations, there are plenty of opportunities to engage with local culture. Clients are encouraged to stop at mountain huts or refuges, some of which are really off the beaten track and dependent on the more curious adventurer to remain in business. These locally run huts are a good place to stop and engage with the people who live and work in the area. They often serve local beers and delicious home cooked meals. If clients express an interest in locally produced food, they may be able to visit a nearby cheese factory or honey farm. The group can also visit the First World War Museum at Monte Piano, where clients can explore this special place of remembrance and learn about its role in the War.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The vast snowy landscapes - fields of snow punctuated by dramatic sharp-edged peaks.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go for it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Groups like this certainly bring in tourist revenue. There was nothing specific on supporting conservation etc. and of course we had to fly to get there, but I would hope that our overall environmental footprint was acceptable.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Our guide (Sarah Bull) was possibly the best holiday/mountain guide I have ever encountered.

Reviewed on 06 Mar 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Scenery, snow, sunshine, activity and a great guide.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go for it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


4 stars.

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